The Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays are by far my favorite time of year. My big three come together, family, friends and shopping. But it is also one of the times of the year that I get the chance to really reflect and be grateful. Since it is the end of the year, we get the opportunity to look back over the year and see how far we have come, and make preparations for the new year. What I discover most during my time of reflection is that I’ve had more ups than downs and even in the hard times I’ve learned good lessons that will push me forward in my next season. I can look back and see that God is always faithful.
I believe that this is what this season is all about. It’s about reveling in the good of life. We all know that we can all find something to complain about but this time of year gives us something to rejoice in. Not to down play the fact that this can be a very challenging and lonely season for some. But I truly believe if we focused on the purpose of the season and reached outside of ourselves, we’ll find the light we need to continue to press forward and to enjoy life. Just watch a couple of Hallmark Christmas movies and I promise it will change your mood every time LOL!
I’m super sentimental so the Christmas spirit is right up my ally. It gives me a reason to cry at those perfect Publix commercials. But seriously Thanksgiving and Christmas were always very special times in my family. We were not rich by any standards, but we really came together for each other and that made all the difference. So every year during this time I carry that same spirit in my heart and I hope to teach my children the real joy of the holiday season one day. Let’s be thankful, let’s reflect and let’s be reminded to make the most of this beautiful gift that is given to us called life.